Endowed Awards

Our generous alumni have made the following awards available to current Department of History graduate students. Funds are competitive and notification of awards is made at the end of every spring semester. To endow a new award please contact the department chair.

Don Lammers Graduate Award

  • This award is designed for a History graduate student in good standing whose research interests and related activities promise to improve our knowledge and historical understanding of the nature and dynamics of international and intercultural relationships in any geographical region. or time period.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating your interest in the award and a current CV
  • Past award winners: John Doyle-Raso 2017, Jorge Felipe Gonzalez 2016; Shaonan Liu 2015; Brian VanWyck 2014; Ella Fratatuono 2013; Jill Kelly, 2012; Harry Odamtten, 2010; Leslie Hadfield, 2008; Ibra Sene & Dawn Ottevaere, 2007

Fred Williams Graduate Award

  • This award is designed to recognize teaching assistants who plan a teaching career in History (with preference given to the teaching of American history) at the college or university level as exemplified by Professor Williams during his tenure at Michigan State University.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating your interest in the award, a sample syllabus and a current CV
  • Past award winners: Ryan Huey 2017, Sara Bijani 2016; Christine Neejer 2015; Jewell Debnam 2014; Laura Cuppone and Natalie Rose 2013; Rebecca Koerselman, 2012; Erika Jackson & Lauren Kientz 2010; Daniel Dalrymple & Jamie Dalrymple, 2008; Piril Atabay, 2007

Muelder-Lowe Graduate Award

  • This award is designed to recognize assistants who plan a teaching career in History (with preference given to the teaching of European history) at the college or university level.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating your interest in the award, a sample syllabus and a current C.V.
  • Past award winners: Liao Zhang 2017, Emily Elliott 2016; Brian Van Wyck 2015; Alison Kolodzy and Douglas Priest 2014; Devlin Scofield 2013, Laura Cuppone & Benjamin Bruehwiler, 2012; Benjamin Sawyer (Fall), Bethany Hicks (Spring), 2010; Eric Limbach, 2008; Kelly Palmer, 2007

Harry Brown Graduate Fellowship in American History

  • This award is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest, a copy of your unofficial MSU transcript and a C.V.
  • Past award winners: Jorge Felipe Gonzalez 2017, Kathryn Lankford 2016; Jacob Jurss 2015; Christine Neejer 2014; Jewell Debnam 2013, Jennifer Gonzalez, 2012; Jennifer Barclay, 2010; Jason Friedman & Ryan Pettengill, 2008; Sowande’ Mustakeem, 2007

Jeff Rooney Paper Prize

  • This award is given to a graduate student who writes the best paper in a seminar in the year of the award.
  • For consideration: Please submit your paper.
  • Past award winners: Robin Crigler 2017, Anh Le 2016; Tara Reyelts 2015; Elizabeth Timbs 2014; Christine Neejer and James Porter 2013, Laura Cuppone, 2012; Jill Kelly, 2008

Dr. Kwan-Wai So Memorial Scholarship Fund in History

  • This award is given to a graduate student who is in good standing with the department, has an exemplary record, and recognized by the Department as an effective and motivational teacher with a focus or concentration in Asian History.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest, a copy of your unofficial MSU transcript and a C.V.
  • Past award winners: Helen Kaibara 2017, Anh Le 2016; Liao Zhang 2015; John Somerville 2014; Elizabeth Dutridge-Corp 2013, Helen Kaibara, 2012.

Irene Steindler Endowment in History

  • This honor gives an award to an undergraduate or graduate student with initiatives to promote diversity programs or activities related to the History Department’s participation in or collaboration with the university’s Jewish Studies Program.
  • For consideration:  Please submit a letter explaining why you should receive this award and submit two letters of recommendation, at least one from a member of the History Department faculty.
  • Past award winners: Elizabeth Timbs 2015; David Walton 2014; Lindsey Gish 2013; Jennifer Marlow, 2012.

The Madison Kuhn Award

  • This award is for an outstanding graduate student who proposes that best pre-dissertation research project in United States History.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest and a C.V.
  • Past award winners: Ramya Swayamprakash 2017, Janelle Edwards 2016; Kathryn Lankford-Hutcheson 2015; David Bennett 2014; Caroyln Pratt 2013, Jewell Debnam, 2012.

Milton E. Muelder Graduate Fellowship in History

  • This is designed for a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in a field of European, Middle Eastern, and/or history of the Arabic/Islamic World. Applicants for the fellowship, who shall be U.S. citizens, shall have received a MA degree or completed the equivalent graduate student at an accredited university. Applicants shall present evidence of a reading knowledge of two European languages.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest, a 3-5 page project description, proof of reading proficiency in two European language (if they aren’t already on file) and a C.V. The chair of History shall designate members of a Selection Committee.
  • Past award winners: Sarah Jacobson 2017, Heather Brothers 2016; Emily Elliott 2015

The Sinclair and S. Suzanne Powell Schoarlship in Transportation History

  • Recipients shall be undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of History who have a strong interest in Transportation History.
  • For consideration: Please submit a letter indicating interest and a C.V.
  • Past Recipients: Duncan Tarr 2016

James Waltz Fellowship in HST

  • This award is for the recruitment of new graduate students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Fed. Government for study in HST at MSU.  Preference shall be given to applicants with a focus or concentration in European (esp. pre-1789) History.
  • Past Recipients: Ramon Miranda-Beltran 2017

Richard E. Sullivan Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence 

  • The Department of History has established the Richard E. Sullivan Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence to honor members of the faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching and perform duties of advisor and mentor at an extraordinary level.
  • Past award winners: Lewis Siegelbaum 2017, Karrin Hanshew 2016; Peter Alegi 2015,  Leslie Page Moch 2014, Laura Fair 2013